Incorporating micro-movements throughout the day, whether it be through dance, a walk, or a quick 20-minute workout, can benefit physical, mental, and gut health. “Regular exercise can actually help strengthen your digestive tract,” naturopathic doctor Jaime Schehr, N.D., R.D., once told us. “The amount of blood diverted from your digestive system decreases because your muscles are more efficient when you exercise.”
The thought of starting a regular exercise routine can seem daunting—especially if you’ve recently fallen out of, or never had the chance to start, one. This anxiety many of us feel about working out is likely due to a misconception we have about health.
“If health means exercising regularly, I agree,” certified Pilates instructor Helen Phelan, writes. “However, if it means exercising with the sole intent of weight loss, you’ll probably start to dread it and see it as punishment.” Focusing on intuitive exercise, or exercise that actually brings you joy and makes you feel good, is much more sustainable.
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